Christendom College will honor its forty-second graduating class during this year’s Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 15. Legendary football coach and fervent Catholic Lou Holtz will deliver this year’s commencement address and be awarded the college’s Pro Deo et Patria Award for Distinguished Service to God and Country.
Holtz, one of the most successful college football coaches in history, is most well-known for coaching the University of Notre Dame for 11 seasons, including a National Championship title in 1988. In thirty-four years as a coach, Holtz won five bowl games with different teams — the only head coach to ever do so — ultimately earning him a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame.
While Holtz is known primarily for being a coach, he also established himself as a man of fervent Catholicism over the years, inspiring young athletes, fans, and people across the nation to be the best versions of themselves, always keeping God at the forefront.
In 2013, Holtz was featured in a popular “Catholics Come Home” television commercial, released during college bowl week. Holtz’s rallying half-time pep talk urged viewers to focus on heaven and partake in scripture and the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, resulting in thousands of viewers going online to learn more about the Catholic Church.
Holtz has served as a powerful witness to the pro-life cause and the beauty of the Catholic faith throughout his public career. His inspiring speeches have earned him a spot amongst the greatest speakers in America today, as he encourages people to strive for virtue and seek to overcome seemingly impossible challenges by setting goals and working to achieve them.
Holtz is also the author of many books, including Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success, Wins, Losses, and Lessons, and Three Rules for Living a Good Life. He and his late, beloved wife, Beth, have four children and nine grandchildren.
Over the years, Holtz has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to society in December of 2020.
Since its first graduation ceremony in 1980, Christendom College has honored outstanding individuals who have rendered faithful service to the Church and nation, and whose lives can be emulated by the graduates and the college community.